Afternoon Tea Set for two
Le Jardir du Petit Prince
By Lishea Zheng
Translated by Naomi Lai
178, ZhongPing Rd
Hours: 11:30 am-9 pm
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.
Meal sets only during special holidays.
The dreamy garden at Le Jardir du Petit Prince is filled with colorful flowers and plants that appear to dance in the sunshine. When you open the doors, the sunlight spreads into the restaurant's spacious interior, where diners can enjoy a menu consisting of Western-style vegetarian cuisine and hand-made baked goods. Everything feels light and healthy; even the water in your glass is from the natural springs of Basian Mountain.
There are eight entrees (NT$200-300), including the Country Style Vegetarian Pizza (NT$300), which needs to be pre-ordered a day early. Add NT$150 to any entree to make it a set meal with soup, bread, salad, dessert and beverage (hot/cold coffee, German organic tea, juice or hot tea). The porcini in the Risotto with Porcini (NT$380) is cooked over slow heat before being fused with the Guanshan Rice. Cream and cheese are added before serving, adding an extra richness to the dish and bringing out the mushrooms' unique aroma and flavor. The risotto is also served with various vegetables and a salad made from five to six fruits.
The colorful Vegetable Rice with Saffron (NT$230) is made from three kinds of bell peppers, asparagus and mushroom. Another unique dish is the Mexican Style Sour and Spicy Pasta (NT$200), using a sauce made from tomatoes and Tabasco on pasta mixed with olives, mushroom and coriander leaves. The eatery also offers a flavorful, light and spicy Thai-style Stir-fried Rice Noodles (NT$180). The rice noodles are fried with dried radishes, bean curd, carrots and mushrooms. Appetizers (NT$60-200) include the Quesadilla (NT$180), a delightful favorite with the melted cheese, olives, tomatoes and green peppers; and the Korean Kimchi Sushi, with tiny sushi made from seaweed, algae and kimchi. Finally, over the summer, there are Vietnamese Spring Rolls.
In addition, there's an Afternoon Tea Set (NT$499/for two people) served on a three-tiered plate with vegetarian ham sandwiches and various snacks on the bottom layer, creme brulee or milk pudding and fruit on the second layer, and handmade cookies and chocolate on the top layer. It also comes with a pot of herbal tea.
In keeping with the healthy mentality here, all courses are only seasoned with salt, pepper, sugar and olive oil.
Left: Korean Kimchi Sushi
Right: Risotto with Porcini
Left: Country Style Vegetarian Pizza
Right: Vegetable Rice with Saffron